Monday, January 4, 2010


Happy New Year 2010!!!

There is so much to catch up on!

The Steelers game was fantastic. The sun was shining bright even though we bundled up like snowmen! The seats we had, thanks to my Honey, were incredible!

We were right behind one of the goal posts, very close to the field. It was an interesting view that I don't normally see...I loved it! My daughter and my Dad went with me, and we all had a blast! My daughter had the best time, waving her Terrible towel and following the screaming fans. The man next to her lifted her up at one point and she just screamed all the harder: DEFENSE!!! It was the sign of a true Steeler fan in the making!

We came back to Brasil on the 30th, the next was a sad day to leave because the snow was coming down hard. It was so beautiful, and our kids wanted to stay and play in it. The flight was delayed because of all the snow, but we had plenty of time for our connection.
The plane was de-iced in red and green de-icer stuff....very Christmas-y!

The weather was hot, humid and rainy when we arrived! So far, there have been some nice and sunny days that we have spent at the beach. There has been some rain, and supposedly more on it's way, but it has been good.

My in-laws came down for their annual visit with us. They arrived on New Year's Eve. My Hubby had to work until 10 that night, but he luckily got home in time to spend the stroke of midnight with me :) I really like spending New Year's together. There is a saying in my family that what you are doing from midnight on the 1st throughout the whole day, you will do throughout the year. So, I like to be spending it with my Hubby and children. It was nice to have Bella and the other animals back too! So, we strolled down to the beach (Bella included!)

in front of our apartment and watched the festivities unfold.

I think I have mentioned the rituals of the Brasilians on New Year's Eve, haven't I? Well, they believe in Yemaja (click on her name for the Wikipedia explanation).
She is the goddess of the sea and protector of children, amongst other "duties".
The people throw flowers and make offerings to her every New Year's Eve, and then celebrate her at midnight and throughout the week following. Here are some pictures of the offerings that we saw on New Year's Eve:

It was a very pretty night, even though it rained earlier in the day. I would like to take this time to say thank you to all of my followers here in my blog. Sometimes I just ramble about my life, and I know that it must seem pretty uninteresting to you, but thanks for coming back for the better posts where I actually (almost) find something fun to say!

I want to say how much I love my husband, my children and my whole entire family. Family is so important to me and I cherish every moment that I get to spend with them.
My husband has to be the most patient, loving, caring, selfless (did I mention patient?) person I know. I am so lucky and happy to be married to him! Tomorrow is our 13th wedding anniversary! It is a joy to be married to the man of my dreams :)
My children are indescribably beautiful, inside and out. They make my days full of laughter, fun and excitement! I treasure the time that I get to help them along in this world.

So here we are, ready for the New Year...and you know what that means right?
2 things...
The Superbowl and 24!
My Steelers won today (barely) and now they have the slimmest chance of getting into the playoffs. Truthfully, I am under no misguiding, we really have almost no chance of getting in. But if we even have a glimmer of hope, then I am here writing about it :) favorite TV show is coming for Season 8. The 2 day, 4-hour season premier starts January 17th. It will not be on here until midnight since we are 3 hours ahead of EST right now...but there isn't anything for me to be up for the next day! (the kids start school on the 25th) Well, Bella will wake me early, but I can just run her outside and come back to go to sleep!
So, I will be trying to stay up!

May you all have a blessed, healthy Happy New Year 2010~


BLOGitse said...

Happy New Year from
sunny Cairo!

mythopolis said...

Happy Anniversary. I enjoyed reading your homage to your husband and children. And interesting to see the homage to the goddess of the sea.

Fabiola said...

I love Brazilian's New Year, especially at the beach ; )

Thanks for your sweet comment and thoughts.
I am completely lost, especially this ordeal is not over yet.

If you have any advice for me, please feel free to write to me.
My e-mail is

Thanks again.

Gabriela said...

I can't believe you are brainwashing B like that! Poor, poor thing. ;)

You do have a wonderful husband and children and they have a great wife and mom. And I'm lucky you're my friend.

Ok, enough with the mush...

New Year's is fun in Brazil. Not as fun as lovely snow falling, but still pretty fun.